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drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

mmmm having a cup of this while hanging out on the balcony watching the rain roll in. dark gloomy clouds, bringing the fresh scent of rain to clean away the day’s dirt and mess. i adore rain..sadly ontario just doesn’t do rainstorms like alberta…the kind where you just want to run in to the middle of the street and dance in the rain…cool droplets of rain, splattering on the hot, dry sidewalks, sizzling as they hit the pavement until the rain begins to overtake the concrete jungle…pooling water, as it travels across the slate grey…searching for a way into the soil…

caile

That description makes me wish it was raining. :)

Nicole

Agreed. Excellent description.

Terri HarpLady

I want it to rain in St. Louis too. We keep getting predictions for rain, & even some thunder, but sadly, no water falling from the sky. My garden is thirsty, as is my soul.

MzPriss

Mine too Terri – we’ve been in a drought here in Texas for years now. I have a few flowers and I water my trees and that’s it. I hope you’re feeling better.

Terri HarpLady

I’m getting there. I told my folks next year I’ll bring them here for their anniversary.

Cavocorax

I’m so jealous you get to watch the storms. I tried to go outside but TK and I were absolutely drenched in no time and she just wanted to stomp in puddles. On the road. With the cars. So I brought her back while she kicked and streamed and wistfully looked at the lightning from the basement window. :P

Kaylee

Aww, Cavo, that sounds adorable.

Sil

Cavo – need to find a back alley or something close heh no cars, lots of puddles.

Cavocorax

Yeah, I do! It might be a bit of walk though – no alleys around! :P

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84
drank Blackcurrant by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

26/28 sipdowns

omgsrsly this is great as a latte! i wanted a change of pace so i dug this one out to make as a latte. it’s really nice this way. I like this straight but as a latte it’s just a creamier delicious black current creamy drink. NOMS!

Nicole

I never think about trying the fruit teas as lattes. Makes sense if you like pies a la mode or fruit with cream… Hm. I see experiments in my future.

Sil

haha yeah i’m not sure why this one popped in to my head to do that..but it did and i’m glad!

OMGsrsly

Good to know! :) I’m gonna have to try it.

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84
drank Hazelberry Puerh by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

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I had this as a latte last night and it was deeelicious! thanks for the thought ombsrsly this is a tea that i would consider stocking as part of my few flavoured puerhs tha ti enjoy, though it’s not my all time favourite. I do relaly like the combination they have going on here though. Thanks for letting me try this one out omg!

Final Count yesterday: 169 because of the awesomeness of Dexter…i’ll forgive you this time! ;)

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88
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

last cup of the day! mostly because i’ll be peeing all night and because i wanted something to drink while catch up with a show before bed. I’ve been trying to get a bit more sleep these days only because it will stop me from letting the hulk out at work. Soooo it’s this cup, a good book or show and a happy sigh that i should be able to hit 150 by the end of the weekend…maaaybe even the start heh.

Final Count: 160

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74
drank Bartlet Pear by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

thank you omgsrsly this one isn’t bad. it’s still not the pear tea i want it to be… somewhere between 5-9 mins is the sweet spot. 5 mins isn’t enough pear and 9+ mins is too rooibosy. but it’s been fun to try this one. The rest of this is off to dexter to try out whenever her box fills up on this end heh

Nicole

Pear seems like it is really hard to get right.

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84
drank Blackcurrant by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

this one is super uber nice. omgsrsly sent this my way and because of work i don’t have much time for saying a lot. is this black currant? yes! is it tasty? YES! am i glad i have a little more? YES! :) thank you omgsrsly!

OMGsrsly

:) I need more of this one. It’s really nice iced (I never tried cold brew, but flash chilled it’s good).

Sil

ooh i’ll have to try that. I was going to turn it into a latte but cold brew would work…

OMGsrsly

GASP. Latte.

Sil

hahahaha

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84
drank Hazelberry Puerh by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

must remember to have the last of this as a latte. Another sample from OMGSRSLY?!?!?! because i have to get my drink on! Not a sipdown but it’s one step closer to one…and a step closer to getting rid of the boxes of samples in my house at the moment lol I’m not sure what a hazelberry is…but this is tasty and delicious and i will be enjoying more!

OMGsrsly

:P Hazelnut and strawberry. I had to ask when I bought it.

Sil

that makes sense lol

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drank Bartlet Pear by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

thank you omgsrsly for braving the PEAR to pick this upt for me (and i think dexter?) I am actually really enjoying this one, though i think i’ll let it steep a little longer next time as the rooibos is coming through but not enough of the pear is. This is pear juice. like the juice from fruit cups…except mixed with the rooibos it’s not nearly as sweet or intense…it’s tasty delicious. i just want.moar.pear. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, I sent the rest to Anna. Sorry Dexter! If you want some I can grab a sample for you.

Sil

No I can send her some..you sent me lots :) I just couldn’t remember who the other person was lol

OMGsrsly

Ok! Phew. Yeah, I sent the rest of the package to Anna. :)

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drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
1848 tasting notes

Every time I saw this reviewed, I would get really excited about it because everyone makes it sound so good but when I read the ingredients I lose interest because it is filled with a whole bunch of things I tend to avoid. However, when I was visiting Sil, she have me a sample so I could finally try it for myself. Sipping it now, I want to love it. I really, really do but I am getting a whole lot of cardamom, a little but of dark chocolate, and not much else. It’s not bad but it’s not something I personally would stock. Nonetheless, thank you Sil for the opportunity to see for myself what this tea is all about and I am especially grateful because I know how much of a fan you are :)

Courtney

I always have the exact same reaction! Sil makes it sounds amazingly delicious, then I check the ingredients and lose interest.

Marzipan

I’m pretty over red rooibos.

VariaTEA

Well I will say the rooibos doesn’t have a heavy presence at all which I know is something you dislike

Sil

haha yeah it’s not a rooibos tea…but, as variaTEA mentioned, if you don’t like the other ingredients, you won’t like this one :)

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Aw crap. I guess I lied when I said the last note was my last note.
I forgot I drank the rest of this sample from Courtney earlier tonight while my hubby and I were watching the making of Diagon Alley special to ramp up our excitement for our trip to Florida in the fall.

I was also working on a banner for my mom’s surprise birthday/retirement party this weekend.

That is to say, I was majorly distracted as I drank this.

I addd milk. It was a comforting cup. But not nearly as mapley as I’d like a maple tea to be.
Probably if you would just give me pure maple syrup to drink, that would maybe be mapley enough.

I’m a tough Canadian to please!

Thanks for sending this for me to try, Courtney, I can cross it off my list now! :)

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88
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

soooo good! the day/night was a little cooler today so this was fantastic tonight. thank you so much again and again and again omgsrsly best, “i’m calling it a birthday tea present ’cause i want to” so far LOL :)

Final Count: After my verdant order; omgsrsly’s tea and my teavivre winnings i’m back up to 187. sigh

Terri HarpLady

Oh well, at least you’re under 200!

Cavocorax

What about your fake cupboard?

Sil

Cavo – it’s july, stopped counting fake cupboard since now i just need to get my numbers down/old teas out. I was mostly just curious if i could get to 100 by July…i didn’t, though i was close. now the game is back on!

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still haven’t found the sweet spot with this one since i first had it…i’ll get there but for not i keep wanting it to be more sweet and more maple-y.

whatshesaid

I felt the same

Cavocorax

I may have pawned half of mine onto a friend who was visitng. Bwahahah

OMGsrsly

I’m finding it loses the flavour potency really fast. “Really fast” = sealed and in my cupboard for 3-4 months. I expect more from a black tea…

Sil

ew..that’s not good. guess i need to drink it up faster

OMGsrsly

Yeah. I feel a need to mention this to Nolan. Maybe I’ll message Steam on Facebook. I really like the Nilgiri base, so it’s not a huge dealbreaker for me. But it’s not good.

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88
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

omg.
srsly.
my preeeeeccccioooousssss…..

MINE! ALL MINE! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

that’s right. thank you omgsrsly i am in my happy place tonight..painted house, chilling in my bedroom chair, sipping on this glorious tea before bed. My cupboard hates you…but i have nothing but love….sweeet smelly brown box love. grin

Final Count: 181

Courtney

Every time I see you drink this it intrigues me. I always open it in a new tab to be re-disappointed it a rooibos. Perhaps I’ll try it one day anyway!

Sil

I will send you some. It’s nom nom nommmy…..

OMGsrsly

Yay! This one is SO GOOD. Especially steeped in milk. :)

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Om nom nom.

With a tsp of sweetened condensed milk today, to make it more like maple ice cream. Only hot, and in tea form. So not really like ice cream at all.

:)

Flavors: Maple

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
VariaTEA

Oh OMGsrsly, you always, always have the tastiest editions. This sounds amazing!

Cameron B.

Like those little leaf-shaped soft maple candies! Mmmm…

OMGsrsly

Soft maple candies? I’ve only seen hard lead-shaped maple candies. What have I been missing out on?! :)

OMGsrsly

Lead-shaped. Umm. Leaf-shaped, I mean.

Cameron B.

http://www.vermontpuremaple.com/buy_maple_candy.htm

It’s basically maple and sugar, lol. It’s kind of a fudge consistency. Yum yum yum!

OMGsrsly

OMG. I have some of the hard candies near the bottom of that page. But it looks like they either don’t ship to Canada, or I have to email them to find out about the cost. I really dislike having to email orders in, because even if shipping is $$$ I feel guilty about not ordering after I’ve bothered them.

OMGsrsly

I couldn’t resist, so I emailed them. If shipping is $$$, I will have to find a Canadian source. :)

Cameron B.

I just googled to find a source, I haven’t tried them from that company specifically. I would say if the shipping is high, try finding another site that sells them. :)

OMGsrsly

I figured, but they look legit and I don’t think the prices are too high as-is. :)

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88
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

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I think something must be wrong with my tastebuds, because I was so excited for maple but really got a total lack of flavour from my cup.

Sad!

I think that’s because coming from New Brunswick I know how delicious real maple is, so I expect a maple tea at the very least should taste like it would with real maple syrup added to it. This was so faint!

I will try again later with the rest of my sample, maybe with the addition of some real syrup :)

Thank you for sending it my way to try, Courtney!

Kaylee

And it has such an appealing name too!

whatshesaid

I know, right?!

Courtney

Oh no! Gasp. I am tempted to send more so you can experiment. I enjoy this one, but I drink it very rarely.

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88
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

this one really makes me happy at night. it’s like a kick in the pants sort of tea but yet not. Enjoying this one while working our way through season 4 of fringe and catching up on hannibal. This week is going to be a doozy so we’re trying to have a quiet evening. I love the chocolate and spicy kick to this tea. There are some really great gems out there from companies…you just have to have awesome friends who share them with you :)

Final Count: 182 [70 samples = fake cupboard at 112 with a week and a half to go! 1 tea from October left in my cupboard and 4 from December…not too shabby]

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drank Bartlet Pear by Steam Tea House
1377 tasting notes

Why am I trying this tea? Because Sil and Anna are mean, that’s why. They should know that I have to try almost all the teas (almost because there are some things that are just “no’s”).

So it’s pear. Ripe jelly bean pear. And rooibos. Yep.

It’s not terrible, but I really dislike ripe pears. Please give them to me when they are hard and crunchy. Thanks.

:)

Flavors: Pear, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

Pear!!!! Pear pear pearpearpearpearpear

OMGsrsly

Haha. I got there 10 min before closing so I just bought 50g. How should I split it? Will you and Anna duke it out in the comments?

Sil

Uh however/whatever makes sense? I’m happy for a couple cups, half….whatever. I feel like Anna gets more because it’s harder for her to get it…..you and I are “closer” lol

OMGsrsly

Closer as in on opposite sides of a huge country rather than country + ocean? :D I’m having fun packing up MORE for you. Hope you’re ready for that.

mj

I love sil’s comment: “Pear!!!! Pear pear pearpearpearpearpear”. That’s also how I feel about pear

VariaTEA

Poor Sil will never reach her goal at this rate :P.

OMGsrsly

Her packet is only 439g. :D

VariaTEA

Oh dear.

Sil

Goal? What goal…my fake cupboard is going well….

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88
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

Dear Steam. Get an online store. Thank you.

Another cup from last night, and at this point i need to bump the rating up because dear lord, if you steep this a long time…its amazing…especially when paired with a strawberry daiquiri (or two….)

my pouch is getting low….stupid lack of online store! bah!

Final Count: 189 [119 in my fake cupboard]

OMGsrsly

Will 50g do you?

Sil

The way I drink things…maaaaybe. Lol but we need to come up with a way for me to reciprocate or send all my money to you :) I should have bought more when I was there, bought it would be enough but forgot about sharing with cavo lol

OMGsrsly

LOL. Want me to grab you 100g? I’m heading there in a bit…

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88
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

Mmmmmfinal cup of tea. Shouldn’t be drinking this one as it’s a more recent purchase but damnit I want the teas that I want today! Lol. I still love this one a lot – such a unique pairing of flavours that really work. So happy omgsrsly introduced this one to me.

Final count: 204 including River tea that came in today heh

OMGsrsly

Omg that is amazing. 204?! After incoming?

Cavocorax

Duuuuuude, that’s awesome! Seriously – 204 WITH Rivertea?

Sil

Yeah but the entire order hasn’t come in lol so just added what has…but it means maybe I can make it to 200 this weekend if I focus. I can’t believe it’s almost the end of June….my craptacular summer of work is about to start.

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This is just the thing to have while reading on the patio and catching the last bit of “warm” sun. That sun after 5pm isn’t so hot.

Thanks, OMGsrsly, for sending me some of this tea. I’m going to stick with my previous judgment of this, and say it reminds me of strawberry kiwi juice with a grassy nip.

Flavors: Grass, Strawberry

Preparation
Iced

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91
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
1638 tasting notes

I’ve heard good things about this one.
It IS good.
I’m so glad I asked Sil to snag some for me when she was in BC.

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I had this for my first morning cup and my last evening cup yesterday, and I chose this again for my morning cup today. I didn’t realize I’d enjoy this one so much. Thank goodness I picked up 100g in Vancouver, I’m nearly halfway through it already.

I love that it’s a straight black that’s bold and smooth all in one. It’s not super fancy, but it is super tasty. It even tastes great after I’ve forgotten about it and it’s cooled on my desk.

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drank Fresh Bamboo Mint by Steam Tea House
4729 tasting notes

Sipdown #2 for today. 5 may be pushing it believe it or not. lol This was again from courney and i have to say i really like this one. it’s not one that i could drink every day given it’s a green tea, but when in the mood for a fruity strawberry tea, this one would hit the spot!

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